Refugee organisations unite to criticise failure of asylum policies - Refugee Council
April 26, 2006

Refugee organisations unite to criticise failure of asylum policies

Improved refugee protection, fairer asylum systems and improved integration are among the measures called for by organisations across Europe in a new report, published today (Wednesday 26th April).

Criticising the ‘failure of Europe’s asylum and migration policies,’ The Way Forward is published by ECRE (The European Council on Refugees and Exiles) and calls on the EU and all European countries to:

  • Take a fairer share of the global responsibility for protecting refugees
  • Put human rights standards at the forefront of improving protection
  • Offer a long-term future to refugees through resettlement
  • Invest in better decisions early in the asylum procedure
  • Celebrate cultural diversity
  • Ensure returns are safe, dignified and sustainable

Maeve Sherlock, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council, says she supports the report:

“We support this cry from across Europe for a fairer and more efficient asylum system. Today this appeal has come from ECRE, following a similar appeal last week from the UN. When will our governments start listening?

“This report offers viable and sensible solutions for how the countries of the EU could do more to provide protection for people who need it. Over the last few years too much of the debate on asylum has been characterised by hysteria and misinformation. We’ve all got an interest in developing an asylum system that works, both for governments and the people seeking their help, and this report offers a way forward to achieving that aim.”


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Notes to Editors
1. ECRE unites the 80 main refugee-assisting organisations in 30 European countries.
2. Europe’s role in the global refugee protection system. The Way Forward: An agenda for change is available from on 26 April from
3. The report will be launched in the European Parliament at 1800 on Wednesday 26 April 2006.